All in the name of teens

Typically in search of something to do on a Saturday night, teens should look no further than today’s TeenFest at Kitsap Mall.

The free event, from 5 to 8 p.m., provides teens with what they need including free information and resources as well as what they want — free stuff, shopping, entertainment and a John Robert Powers fashion show.

“It’s a great awareness of resources available to them as well as fun,” said coordinator Gay Neal of the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth, which is co-sponsoring the event with Kitsap Mall. “Kids often say there is nothing to do. We want them to see there are a lot of activities.”

The event will feature exhibits, mini workshops, demonstrations, shopping discounts and an array of prizes. All vendors are donating door prizes to be awarded throughout the evening and include a birthday party pack from Bremerton Ice Skating Center, 50 percent off a six-week fitness program from Silverdale Fitness, and four tickets to a May 7 concert, courtesy of the Bremerton Symphony Association.

“Each vendor also will have giveaways at each table,” Neal said.

In its second year, TeenFest is the brainchild of a class of 2005 Leadership Kitsap group whose intent was to pass the event on to a local organization. The Commission on Children and Youth, appointed by the Kitsap County Commissioners, decided to take it on.

“Someone needed to carry the torch,” Neal said.

The event also promotes the mission of the organization.

“The commission is trying to promote positive, safe activities after school, evenings and weekends,” Neal said. “It’s a good safe place to go on a Saturday night and have some fun.”

Neal is confident it will be an event the commission will want to continue. For information, call Neal at (360) 337-4879.

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